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Webinar Series

#GoEastSide Webinar Series

EastSide Greenways, in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast undertook a series of webinars in Autumn 2020. The webinar series engaged key stakeholders and policymakers on the themes of sustainability and resilience including food, housing, energy and fuel. They explored the fundamentals of life which is required to create long term sustainability and social, economic and environmental impact. The webinars aimed to challenge, influence and explore what’s needed to help us lead ‘greener’ lives in our communities and city.

#GoEastSide webinars highlight our ongoing commitment to support local residents and businesses to actively participate in ‘green’ issues for wider community benefit and the effects of important issues such as deprivation, climate change and health and well being. They connected decision makers to local issues and explored the potential to pilot initiatives on the Connswater Community Greenway which will help demonstrate the positive impact green infrastructure has on people and place in a city.

The aim of the webinars included to:

  • Raise awareness of local issues with key stakeholders
  • Connect decision and policymakers to local issues
  • Challenge old cultures and create new attitudes
  • Explore opportunities to pilot and deliver sustainable initiatives
  • Discuss the impact that green infrastructure has on people and place in a city

Webinar 1: Creating a sustainable food and nutrition system (17th September 2020)

The first webinar focused on food sustainability and security. Speakers included:

  • Chris Elliott – Queen’s University Belfast
  • Joy Alexander – Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Future Food Strategy
  • Louise Ferguson – The Larder Food Bank
  • Grainia Long – Belfast City Council Resilience Commissioner


Infographic – What can we grow in Eastside?


Webinar 2: Making urban transport more accessible and sustainable (15th October 2020)

The second webinar explored the positive impact of green and sustainable transport and infrastructure on a city. Speakers included:

  • Andrew Grieve – Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland
  • Caroline Bloomfield – Sustrans
  • Geraint Ellis – Queen’s University Belfast
  • Jonathan Hobbs – NI Greenways



Webinar 3: How do we keep warm in EastSide? (19th November 2020)

The third webinar explored sustainable homes and energy efficiency; ‘How do we keep warm in EastSide?’ Speakers included:

  • Eileen Patterson, Radius Housing
  • Anna Leckey, Tiny House
  • John Barry, Queen’s University Belfast

Webinar 4: How do we overcome lifes challenges? (Thursday 21st January 2021)





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